January 14th, 2021


Up Late waiting for the trespasser

Just before 2 am Ring cam recorded what looked like a raccoon being trapped, maybe, and a second hanging around. 2 minutes later the trap was gone. Further review showed it had been moved a few feet to the end of the carport, behind my car. Apparently someone set the animal free, or maybe stole it. Raccoon fur is a commodity in NV. Pissed off because the camera did not catch either the trap sprung or the trespasser. I phoned Animal Control and they assured me they don't work at 2 am, and advised me that I'm allowed to trap raccoons and cats if I want, and that person was breaking the law.

So here I am at 1:30 am, the trap is set but the 'coons managed to not trip the spring. One of them went all the way inside and snagged a chicken leg, but didn't touch the kibble. If anyone human shows up I'll hose them.

Meanwhile I have 2 animals left to trap. Albertson's run for chicken legs tomorrow.

Watched most of the impeachment session on Twitch. It was long, repetitious and some of the R's were downright disgusting. Living in a fantasy world. Some of the D's also, different fantasies though. The vote is supposed to take 10 minutes, but it took 2 hours. 10 R's voted yes, including Dick Cheney's gay daughter, who was elected to his old WY seat. Mitch is refusing to bring the Senate back until the 19th. Traitor.

My guess is the trial will be put on hold until Biden's major appointments are confirmed. But it needs to happen to prevent T from running for office again.

My heart has been a-fibbing thanks to Humana blocking my drugs for 2 weeks, and now Walmart is out of stock. So I took the black T-shirt off the pacemaker monitor to send data, but it failed, and there was a bright yellow "call your doctor" icon flashing. I tried calling my doctor but when they called back I was on another call. Finally the pacemaker tech called, he said they had forgotten to tell Boston Scientific they were my new cardiologists. He fixed that, but it still wasn't working. He gave me the Boston Sci number, there was a recorded message which told me to hang in there, it was doing a software update. An hour later it was updated and working.
The other call was my podiatrist, whose office forgot to copy the back of my Humana card, which had the claims mailing address. I read it to him but he wanted a picture texted to him, but his phone didn't accept it so I had to email it from my phone. Major PIA.
Another call was to my auto insurance. They keep sending me conflicting statements in the mail. He confirmed that they have my NV DL number, and my 30+ years licensed.
Made a late run to my mailbox, yet another mailing from the insurance company. I was hoping the $39 glasses were there but they were not. But there was a refund check from Cigna for the month they charged me after I quit them.

The usual breakfast, after Spook and Ma'am made lots of noise around and under my bed. Spook has been stalking Ma'am a lot today, and Ma'am has been whining. It's annoying. But Spook eventually backs off and they put some distance between them.

4 pm I took a nap, Ma'am joined me instead of Spook.

Watched some Hot Bench and all three cases were people in denial that they owed $$ and trying to hide behind Covid. Except in one case a guy totally unqualified for the job is refusing to refund rent to a woman he evicted from his for-profit halfway house. His rules of the house were completely wacko, and his witness was as well.

Oak Island once again packed 5 minutes of content into an hour's broadcast. I need to find something better to record.
Two new hummingbird feeders arrived. They both have large capacity colored glass containers, so I didn't need red food coloring. They have perches, but the hummers still didn't hang around. Hmm. Give them time. No bees - yet.

Early dinner of bone soup.

Plans for tomorrow:
Un-spring the trap if no raccoons
Quick Albertson's trip for chicken legs & peeled garlic


Raccoon #3 way late, major early nap with Ma'am, KFC

Stayed up past 3 am as raccoon #3 sprung the trap. Waited half an hour in case someone came by to mess with it. In bed by 4.

Woke at about 7:30.  Got dressed, checked the cameras, raccoon was still in the trap. Called Animal Control.

Sat down at the computer to wait for the officer. Saw a slightly beat up red car pass the house slowly then reverse and look at the carport. I went out the back door and he sped away when I pointed my phone at him.

Animal Control showed up soon, and collected the captive in a cat-sized carrier. Not good. She said she was not told it would be a raccoon. Or something. She managed to squeeze it in and take it away.

One more to go.

The officer who first brought the trap had suggested hanging a chicken leg from the top of the trap. Instead of going shopping, I ordered KFC. <$50 for about 5 meals worth of chicken, cole slaw, mashed, gravy & biscuits.

Not much appetite for breakfast, took 2 sessions to eat the banana, and no egg.

Very tired, went back to bed. Ma'am curled up by my head. When I woke up, Spook was on her pillow cases on the floor past the foot of the bed.

Ate one piece of KFC plus cole slaw and a biscuit for lunch. Bagged and froze everything else except one leg.

Watched some streamers. Nova special on DNA genealogy was very good. Odd that Ancestry.com refused to participate.

PTI and Hot Bench later

RPCV Zoom for an hour.

Streamed for an hour, several chatters joined.

Heated up the leftover bone soup #1 of 4, added a chicken thigh from a previous delivery. Chip mint ice cream dessert.

Watched some CNN, MSNBC and CNBC. FBI tells Pence they will e visiting a lot of terrorists identified in the videos. Cuomo keeps calling them "tapes". We haven't used tapes since before he became a broadcaster.

Took the chicken leg, stripped off the breading, tied a string to it and hung it from the top of the trap. Set the trap. Raccoon has been in it a few times but no capture yet. I'm too tired to not go to bed.

I was out on the porch enjoying the view of the wetlands when the back door alarm sounded. UPS messaged they had left a package on the porch. FAIL, they left it on the carport steps. Never saw the porch. It was a cold pack with insulin, should have been handed to me at the front door.

Walmart is still out of my heart meds.

Deposited the Cigna check by mobile app.

Plans for tomorrow:
Depends on the raccoon
I'd like to go to the bird sanctuary, and maybe also the wetlands park.
It's been warm enough for the air conditioner to kick on.
Move the Peace Corps flag. It's in the way of the bird feeder & its shadow fools the carport cam.